Joy, time for a pupdate
Almost a year ago we at Ace Canine decided to sponsor a puppy through Guide Dog Training & here is the latest photo of her, looking so much more grown up.
Joy has spent several months with her puppy walker, a volunteer called Jeanne. Together they have been out & about; Joy has travelled on buses & trains, done trips on the London underground, even a boat ride on the Thames all without turning a hair.
Apart from exposure to all the sights & sounds of the big city Joy – like any puppy – needs good basic obedience. She has an excellent recall, loves contact with people & is learning not to be distracted by other dogs.
The next step in Joy’s journey to becoming a fully qualified guide dog is called early training. She will spend four or five months with a Guide Dog Trainer learning the basic tasks that any guide dog needs to master. The final step in training will be spent with a Guide Dogs Mobility Instructor during which time Joy will learn extra skills specific to her new owner’s specific needs.
I look forward to the next progress report.